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5 more Praises to God!!

 Introducing Samuel !  Who we intook directly from his crisis living situation to Bungoma West Hospital but he is now well and being introduced into our life at MCH!

Introducing Samuel !  Who we intook directly from his crisis living situation to Bungoma West Hospital but he is now well and being introduced into our life at MCH!

Mercy Home update!

1. Jeff's leg is A LOT better! Praise the Lord for that because once I realized we were dealing with MRSA I was freaked out about how long he had been walking around with this infection. I have a recent picture should you medical people want to see it.

2. โ€ŽSamuel came home today! We were there when the Dr's were doing rounds this morning and one Dr said she didn't think Samuel would make it one more day when he first came in. It is such a blessing to get to see these children live and thrive. However, we now have a hospital expense of $820 to cover, but we know he is worth it and God will provide for Samuel.

 Aspen, Silale and her twin Gracie! These girls are happy Silale is better.

Aspen, Silale and her twin Gracie! These girls are happy Silale is better.

3. โ€ŽWe didn't announce it, but we also had another little one in the hospital for a few days. Silale (See-La-Lay) had malaria and was treated at home, but she never fully bounced back. After taking her for testing it was discovered that she also had a bacterial infection and very low blood count so she needed to stay and get a blood transfusion. During her stay she was tested for HIV twice. Both test gave different answers, so her blood has been sent off for a 3rd test. Please pray that there would be no HIV found in her blood work. Please also pray for money to come in to cover all of these medical expenses, we've been hit extremely hard lately with 3 in the hospital, one of those 3 required surgery and we've had a lot of dental work done. The only money we have to pull from is our weekly budget and land/finish Mercy Home fund. We are trusting God to cover these funds as we believe that each child here was brought to us by God. All while He knew their exact needs, so we continue to trust and follow Him.

4. Our 3 little babies we took in are doing great! Minnie is gaining weight daily, she is no longer malnourished and she is even getting a little chunky. Gracious and Joy are eating and responding so well! Both girls are interacting with us more and more and they never turn away food.

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5. We have been hugely blessed with a new sponsor, a business that has committed to supporting Mercy Home monthly! We have been praying for our donor base to grow and God is answering that prayer. You will now see their logo on our newsletters and website in recognition of their love. A huge thank you, which is never enough, goes out to Mike Mazyck Realty of North Texas! Anyone who has a business and wants to sponsor any of AFM Ministry's work can do so by contacting David at david@afm.ngo for more information.

Thank you for following along, loving us, sharing our journey and giving when the Lord guides you to. The children you are supporting here are worth every single penny!

Added note from DC Shelton: We also want to shout out a huge THANK YOU for our other two business sponsors who have been helping us for months now, Charity Center Kenya, and Five Plus Two Ministries that you will now see on our website and email updates! Thank you all who give, whether $5 or $5000 You are helping us change lives and literally save lives in Kenya for Jesus! We need you all to do this well. 

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WELCOME to our new Samuel!

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Samuel has been a "Mercy Home Kiddo" for 3 days now, but he has yet to come to Mercy Home because he is sick and in the hospital. On Wednesday we received a call from a doctor at a local government hospital. She told us that she had a boy who was 7 years old, HIV+ and in great need. So with that information we sent our social worker to the hospital to check out his situation. Once she arrived at the hospital and got a bit of information we learned that this boy needed help quickly. Help his grandparents couldn't give him. His grandfather said he couldn't afford the medications needed, couldn't keep up with the HIV medications he was on (he hadn't taken them in at least 2 months), couldn't get the blood transfusion the hospital said he needed (this hospital wasn't even equipped to do it either) so he was going to take Sweet Samuel back home and drop him off with his sick grandmother.

Our Sweet Samuel was going to be left at home to die. So what do you do when faced with getting him the care he desperately needs, which will cost us (Mercy Home) a great deal of money or allowing him to return home and die? I know that sounds harsh, but that was literally our reality on Wednesday. Everyone I know would choose life, just like we did on Wednesday. Samuel has had all the odds stacked against him...he's a double orphan, HIV+, severely malnourished (he weighs 14 kgs or 30 lbs) and he lived with elderly grandparents who don't understand and can't keep up with the medications and nutrition that an HIV patient requires.

Since being at the hospital it has been confirmed that he has malaria, his blood count is in fact extremely low causing him to need 2 bags of blood, he has thrush in his mouth causing painful open sores and he has about 6 new medications in addition to his 3 HIV medications. If Samuel didn't get the care he needed he would have died. He was too sick with a weakened immune system and severely malnourished. His body couldn't just bounce back from this without medical intervention.

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So thank you! Thank you for putting us in a position where we could consider stepping in and changing the direction Samuel's life was headed. Thank you for listening to the Lord and helping us meet the needs of these children time and time again. If you would like to help us cover Sweet Samuel's hospital bill (we do not have a total yet, but we assume it will be $300-$500+) you can go to afm.ngo/donate and mark it for Samuel or Mercy medical.

We have been quiet the last couple of days because Jeff and I both have had malaria, but we've been so busy we haven't been able to just rest. The moment we can we fall asleep and we (and by we I mean me ;) have a 2 month-old who still wakes up in the middle of the night. Praise God that malaria isn't near as harsh on us as it used to be. We are bouncing back much faster and able to keep working at some level during our sickness! Thank you a million times more for your prayers, support and love for Mercy Children's Home!

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(Samuel is feeling much better today and will be released tomorrow morning to come home! we also still need to retire our $2400 debt for Jeff's medical bills that we had to borrow from our construction land fund. Pray about about anything you can do to help us meet these two important needs) 

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More Bys (BEESE) Family adventures!

Quick update!

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We ran into town today to finish our unfinished errands from yesterday, but Jeff was feeling terrible. I decided we should go have blood work done "real quick" and see why he felt so bad. Turns out he has malaria, so he got 1 injection and oral meds and he is already feeling a little better๐Ÿ’œ. We had another issue at school today with 2 of our boys ๐Ÿ˜ญ. I just don't understand the Kenyan way of "disciplining", please pray that we can get to the bottom of it in a peaceful manner. I'm pretty much full on "Mama bear" right now and that isn't peaceful. This week is packed full...I'm not sure why it is so busy, but it seems like we have a meeting of some sort each day and multiple meetings some days. I was able to get Jeff some probiotics, I hope they are good and help rebuild his good fit bacteria. Here's a picture of our "Zekey Boy" in big boy clothes that use to be Reed's when we first moved to Kenya! I swear he is such a happy baby, but he refused to smile for me! Thanks for all of your prayers!
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Happy birthday to our 15 year-old twins!

These two are quite close and decided that they were twins! Dan, like many of our kids, didn't know his birthday. So when we let him choose one, he chose the same day as Karson's. They picked supper together tonight; goat stew with rice. They also designed their bright red cake with sprinkles. โค๏ธ

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Dan has lived with us for over a year now! He's doing pretty good. He's at the top of his class and is a natural leader. We have definitely gone through trials with Dan as well, but that is to be expected with all he has been through. Dan is a tough case. He doesn't know his family and he had been living on the streets for as long as he could remember. He has been through some tough stuff. We thank God for bringing us to Dan, and if we were unable to help any other orphans, just helping Dan and giving him a chance would have been worth everything we have been through. We love Dan and we thank God for him.

And wow! Just like that, Karson is 15! He was one of our most challenging children for about 8 years, but now he just amazes us with his maturity! He's a large part of our mission here in Kenya. We can give him a task and he will see it through. He can corral the boys, direct others in what they should be doing, he is my protector (and translator) when Jeff isn't able to be with me and he takes that job seriously, and he can divide the kids and organize a football (soccer) game. I'm surprised at what a strong leader he is and how he actually listens when we speak ๐Ÿ˜‚. If you knew Karson 2+ years ago, he is a different person now. He has grown so much, and I don't just mean his height! (He is now taller than me and his father, haha) He is now counting down the days until he is 16 and can drive a motorbike. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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Mercy Home PRAISES and prayer request!

 Minnie loves to smile at us! Our pretty girl is chunking up.

Minnie loves to smile at us! Our pretty girl is chunking up.

๐ŸŽถPRAISES!๐ŸŽถ
*Minnie is doing great! She eats well and has out grown her diapers that were too big on her when we got her. She is responding to us with smiles and she starting to "talk" to us.

*The twins are doing phenomenal! Today for breakfast they each ate 3 eggs, a banana and they drank some chai. They are eating so good! Gracious is trying to crawl and Joy wears the biggest smile most of the time.

*Wesley is gaining his strength back and laughing and interacting with our other children. Before coming here he had basically given up on life so he had a hard transition, then was hospitalized for 10 days, then more hard transition. But he is coming around and I see Joy in his face on a regular basis now.

*Praise God for all of the help and advice we received when asking about Jeff's leg. It was very helpful and instrumental in getting him the care he needed.

*Jeff is home! He was in the hospital Wednesday through Saturday, but it felt like a month to me ๐Ÿ˜‚. I'm so glad he's feeling better and back home. His wound is very clean now and for the most part the infection is gone and the pain has lessened.

*Jeff has been battling this infection for months, it turned out to be MRSA and in all honesty it could have caused his lower leg to be amputated or it could have killed him. Thank God for his protection.

*We have added 2 new staff members this week. Both are young men who are new believers from our local village. Jeff has been discipling them and this will allow him to spend more time with them.

*We have visitors coming again this year!!!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ


๐Ÿ’œPrayer Requests๐Ÿ’œ

*Jeff's leg would continue to respond to treatment and he would have complete healing.

*Jeff and I need to return to Nairobi soon to check in with immigration. Please pray for safe travels and health and safety in our home while we are gone.

*Jeff's medical bill was double what we thought it would be๐Ÿ˜ฎ. $1,426.40 for surgery, meds and his care for 3 days. We are incredibly grateful for his care and realize this same situation in America would have cost $25,000 or more. We need prayers for funds to cover this bill so it doesn't pull from our weekly budget or finishing the unfinished dorm room.

 Joy, her big beautiful smile and Aspen! Aspen has just fallen in love with Joy and Gracious. Today she decided that she could change their diapers and clothes. I must say she did an outstanding job!

Joy, her big beautiful smile and Aspen! Aspen has just fallen in love with Joy and Gracious. Today she decided that she could change their diapers and clothes. I must say she did an outstanding job!

*The 2 new staff members are new believers and previously struggled with drinking too much. Please pray that they would continue to grow in the Lord.

*We've been made aware of 3 children from 2 different families who have been orphaned that need to come here. 2 of those children are HIV+ one of them just 3 years old. Please pray for them and for wisdom for us and that funds would be provided if they are to be here with us.

*We have some important decisions to make about future ministry work here. Please pray that the Lord would make His will known to us and order our steps.

Thank you for sharing in our joys and supporting us through prayers, donations and sharing our posts. Thank you for blessing the lives of these children and our village. ๐Ÿ’œ
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Wound operation successful!!

(Posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

 fancy hospital labels!

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They ended up putting him to sleep with anesthesia!  I'm assuming there was just miscommunication about that part, that is very common here. I got to the hospital while they were cleaning out his leg and didn't realize he had been put to sleep until I saw him in the hall waiting to be moved into his room. I thought he was just laying there resting until I saw his face with his eyes open, but he was completely unresponsive ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. Yikes...he wasn't even hooked up to any kind of machine or oxygen. After about an hour he woke up and was in a lot of pain. Once his pain was under control he wanted me to go get him pizza and a salad! Needless to say he gets whatever he wants!

Doctor said they had a lot of cleaning out to do because there was a lot of infection in that area...even 3 or more inches above the wound. The infection was in the muscle, but not the bone.

Praise God it wasn't any worse than it was and pray that they can keep his pain under control. He is resting now after his pizza and has mashed potatoes and meat coming for dinner! Thanks for all of your prayers!

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Progress on Jeff's treatment!

 Amenities๐Ÿ˜‚. Slippers, toilet paper, toothbrush, Colgate (any brand of tooth paste is Colgate here), body soap, mafuta (Vaseline) and a bath towel (it is the size of a hand towel). Oh and if you run out of any of these things during your stay you are required to purchase your own ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

Amenities๐Ÿ˜‚. Slippers, toilet paper, toothbrush, Colgate (any brand of tooth paste is Colgate here), body soap, mafuta (Vaseline) and a bath towel (it is the size of a hand towel). Oh and if you run out of any of these things during your stay you are required to purchase your own ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

We've had a busy day. We left the house at 8:15 so we could get to the hospital early. Not only were we getting Jeff's leg checked out, but we had 4 children needing dental work done ($260 worth) and Karson has something going on with one of his toes. At the hospital we go to we are well known. The head Dr and owner of the hospital has even donated food and money to us, he is a really nice man.

The first doctor we met with looked at Jeff's leg and ordered antibiotic injections (basically an IV, but he would be able to go home) once we got to the pharmacy (at the hospital) I realized he wrote the Rx for 1 per day for 10 days. That was not the advice that our friends told us so Jeff called the head doctor and we headed to his office.

 Jeff's cozy room. There are 2 beds, but they won't put anyone in with him, usually I would stay with him, but babies need me this time!

Jeff's cozy room. There are 2 beds, but they won't put anyone in with him, usually I would stay with him, but babies need me this time!

Head doctor said Jeff need to be admitted so they could clean out the wound and do 3 days of IV antibiotics. He also called another doctor on staff to come and look at his leg and she agreed with him. So we left the hospital to come home and get his things and took him back.

His IV port is in, they took some blood and have him his first round of antibiotics. I'm sure he will sleep well tonight, Kenya hospitals are not like American hospitals. Jeff isn't hooked up to any machines and they are pretty much hands off unless you call them or they need to give you medication. Often times they will leave some of your medications with you and just tell you how often to take it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

So we are expecting this bill to be about $700, but it could always be higher. We've never had a wound cleaned out, but I do know they are going to use local anesthetic and it will happen in "theater" so I'm sure that will add some cost.

All in all Jeff is doing well and God is so good. He's had this spot under his ankle for a long time, he even stood in a dirty creek baptizing new believers with this open wound. Not smart I know, but he was on antibiotics so we figured it would be "okay". This infection could have easily caused a lot more damage than it has.

 Toilet, shower and sink all in one small space. Notice there is no toilet seat/kid, that is the Kenyan way.

Toilet, shower and sink all in one small space. Notice there is no toilet seat/kid, that is the Kenyan way.

 The shower side and for the most part they keep this hospital very clean!

The shower side and for the most part they keep this hospital very clean!

Thank you for all of your advice, love, prayers and support! If you are able to help us cover this medical bill just mark it for Jeff's medical and it will get applied to that. I will update more tomorrow once we have talked to the doctors.
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Jeff's leg infection not going away

(Posted on behalf of Stephanie from Facebook -click here for FB post)

          For the last 2 months Jeff has had an infection in his lower leg. Early on it was diagnosed and treated as cellulitis, then a place just below his ankle opened up and drained and drained. At the beginning of May we had it cultured and it was determined that it was a Staph infection. Since then (strayed taking them May 16th) he has been on 2 different kinds of antibiotics, but still has a major infection going on. The open sore is about the size of a nickel and while it isn't necessarily getting worse it isn't getting any better. Anyone have any suggestions (natural or medical)? We are being seen at the best hospital in our area and I feel like we are getting good care, but this isn't resolving. Most days the pain isn't much (as long as the area isn't touched), but some days it hurts him without any real visible change. I do have a picture of the hole if you want to see it, but it is kind of gross so I won't post it here. Please feel free to share with medical people and or PM me or email us at mercyhome@afm.ngo

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Gracious and Joy are growing, joyfully and graciously!

 our little girl Joy! 

our little girl Joy! 

Look at these happy girls! They are finally "waking up" and showing us their sweet personalities! They were so expressionless and they are developmentally delayed (due to malnutrition) so I was starting to get concerned, but over the last couple of days they have flashing quick smiles for us. Today they have been all smiles! It is such a blessing to get to watch our children grow and change!

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 Gracious loves to be held and she loves Brendan!

Gracious loves to be held and she loves Brendan!

 

A beautiful sight!  

The "little" boys are helping Daddy play a game before bed! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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Singing God's praises for His wonderful blessings

(Posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook)

๐ŸŽถPraise God from whom all blessings flow!๐ŸŽถ

Praise #1-Anna and Mercy (the 2 teens) started school today! I don't have a pic of them in uniform because they didn't get them until after we left, but I should be able to get one in a few days!

Praise #2-We had more than enough money donated to pay for all of their books and supplies and the school under estimated the cost of all the boarding supplies so we spent more than the $600 per girl.

Praise #3-The donated overage will cover a pretty big medical bill we unexpectedly had and some dental work that our children desperately need.

Praise #4-We have a new daughter named Bridgette! Bridgette is a sweet girl who has sickle cell anemia. She came to us during a sickle cell crisis and was required to spend 5 days in the hospital. Sickle cell can be managed, but her family couldn't afford the $2 a month to keep her on vitamins or the proper food. Medical care here is realitivly inexpensive, but if you are admitted to the hospital it can get expensive quickly.

Praise #5-God is good all the time! I will say that in the easy times and the hard times because it is true! On the hardest days we are so blessed to live in Kenya and serve Him!

Thank you for your prayers and support! You have had an impact here bigger than you know!

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I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this but I just couldn't! When I got home from getting the big girls into school Minnie had the cutest bow on! Our sweet, beautiful Caitie crocheted it for her today with the yarn one of our sweet supporters donated funds for! So much love in this one picture! ๐Ÿ˜
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Grocery Shopping. Kenyan style!!

  Kepha  with 3 large bags full (potatoes, cabbages, mangos/oranges) and somehow there was still room for him.

Kepha with 3 large bags full (potatoes, cabbages, mangos/oranges) and somehow there was still room for him.

Our weekly haul!

These 2 motorbikes are carrying about 180 kg of potatoes, (396 lbs!!)

70 kg of mango, (154 lbs!!)

60 heads of cabbage,

15 kg of oranges, (33lbs!!)

3 kg of limes,  (6lbs)

1 kg of omena (dried minnows), (2.2lbs)

3 kg of guava,

3 kg of onion,

a small amount of garlic and 3 large bunches of bananas.

This food will last us for one week ๐Ÿ˜ฎ and of course it isn't everything, just a portion if what we eat.


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 Barasa can carry he has potatoes, cabbage, bananas, onions, omena, guava and garlic.

Barasa can carry he has potatoes, cabbage, bananas, onions, omena, guava and garlic.

Jeff Bys sid.. Barasa is a beast! One of the hardest workers Iโ€™ve ever worked with.
— https://www.facebook.com/jeffreybys
Moses Simiyu said.. Haha haha.That is wonderful . So Barasa is making a lorry out of a motorcycle? That is a real Kenyan. Trying to make the impossibility possible.
— https://www.facebook.com/moses.simiyu.1293
  Kepha , is wondering if he will make it back to Mercy Home with all this stuff. He did, but he had to drop the load and reload it due to it leaning.

Kepha, is wondering if he will make it back to Mercy Home with all this stuff. He did, but he had to drop the load and reload it due to it leaning.

 ย   Eventually these bananas will turn yellow and we can eat them. For the big bunch on top we paid $3.50.

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Eventually these bananas will turn yellow and we can eat them. For the big bunch on top we paid $3.50.

Beth Stanley commented..
May I ask what kind of meals you cook and prepare?

It just amazes me.
Like here itโ€™s so easy to just buy boxed meals, frozen meals etc. did you have to relearn how to cook from scratch and new meals etc.

I have never really even bought limes or obviously minnows and other things that you buy over there...
— https://www.facebook.com/beth.stanley.5876
Stephanie Bys replied...
I mostly donโ€™t cook. Cooking over an open fire scares me...I just feel like Iโ€™m going to catch on fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

For breakfast we do porridge (millet flour, milk and sugar), fruit and peanut butter sandwich. The kids who go to school just eat porridge and fruit and then around 10am they have mandazi (donut without icing) and a banana delivered to them. On Saturdayโ€™s we have omelettes and use about 180 eggs ๐Ÿ˜. We usually eat ugali (boiled corn flour) and beans for lunch. Cabbage, collard greens, potatoes and rice for supper. On Sunday we have โ€œburrito bowlsโ€ rice, beans, ground beef, CHEESE, tomatoes, onions, corn and sometimes cilantro. Wednesday night we add in sausage, Friday for lunch we have omena (๐Ÿคข) and on Saturday we have beans and chapati (oily flour tortilla). We pretty much have to keep it easy when cooking for this many people.

Another challenge we have is our fridge is tiny, basically it hold our water and a few other things. There are no frozen meals here, just some frozen meat and ice cream (most of which is gross).

I wish we could do meat more often, but for a group our size it is costly (cheaper than the states) and we are on a budget. Maybe one day we can have meat 4+ days a week, but for now we are just working with what we have.
I should add we have 4 staff members in charge of cooking and cleaning. They keep the food on track and they will do whatever we ask them even if it is labor intensive like chipati or chips (fench fries). When they make chipati they use about 14kgs of flour and make over 120!
— https://www.facebook.com/mrsbys
Beth Stanley replied...
Just simply amazing.
The people. The women. The children.
Seeing such need is heartbreaking, but seeing the strength is just amazing.
The life and survival skills. It makes me speechless.
Thank you for the work you do over there.
You are such an inspiration and an admirable person (you and your husband and all others that are involved in such missions)
— https://www.facebook.com/beth.stanley.5876

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One down. One to go!

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Mercy's (Mama of the twins) school fees have been paid 100%!  She will start school on Monday morning.

 Mercy,  the teen mother of our twins Joy and Gracious. 

Mercy,  the teen mother of our twins Joy and Gracious. 

 This is Anna, 16 yrs old and mother to the baby we now call Minnie. We are trying to get the needed funds for her to start Monday. 

This is Anna, 16 yrs old and mother to the baby we now call Minnie. We are trying to get the needed funds for her to start Monday. 

At this point Anna will not be able to attend because the $600 hasn't been donated for her. For these 2 girls this could be a life changing situation. Their family is poor, not American poor, literally no food in the house poor. Their families don't have power in the home which makes studying hard since they don't get out of school until 5pm or later. They are likely the most educated (freshman in high school) in that home, leaving no one to help tutor them when they stuck on school work. They often feel the burden of no money and no food and will skip on school and school work to try and earn some money for the family. Their babies almost died because they weren't being fed properly. The grandfather to the 1 year old twins said if it wasn't for us they would be burying those babies. I can't even imagine that being a reality.

All 3 babies were hospitalized for malnutrition. All 3 babies are are doing better and gaining weight now. Can you help change this 16 year old's story? Can you help her go back to school so she can do something in the future besides struggle? I realize $600 is a lot of money, but that is what she needs to go to school and get back on the right track. If we can get that amount donated TODAY we can shop for the items needed tomorrow and she can start school with Mercy on Monday!

Please pray and share! Thank you for all of your support. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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Update! $300 is being sent in right now! Can we get the other $300 before tomorrow so I can shop for both of them after church?


UPDATE #2! We've had another $100 donated so we now just need $200 for Anna to start school on Monday. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


UPDATE #3! A third donor has donated another $100! We are just $100 away from Anna starting school on Monday! It is 10:30pm here and I'm sick so I'm about to go to sleep, but I will update y'all tomorrow, hopefully from town while I'm shopping for both girls' supplies! 

โ™ซโ™ช Praise God from whom all blessing flow! โ™ซโ™ชโ™ช

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Helping the "mama" girls...

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Helping the "mama" girls...

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie)

Anna (blue shirt) is the Mama to Minnie and Mercy (purple shirt) is the Mama to Joy and Gracious.

 Anna & Joy  Hoping for a better life for themselves and their babies. 

Anna & Joy  Hoping for a better life for themselves and their babies. 

To be honest I'm not sure how we ended up bringing them to Mercy Home. Both times we went to the hospital to pick up malnourished babies and we also brought their Mama's home too. The only reason I can come up with is that we couldn't also leave them in the same situation that had their children malnourished. Their village is riddled with extreme poverty. Kenyan poverty is way different than American poverty. Let me share some of the things I saw while in their village. At Anna's home there was no food, when her sister came home for lunch she learned there was no lunch for her there. As we were leaving, our social worker asked me to give the girl 20 shillings (20 cents) so she could get some lunch on her way back to school. At Mercy's home there was no real toilet...there was a hole in the ground, but no walls so basically there is no privacy. When looking for Mercy's school documents it was discovered that they were ruined when their home flooded during a heavy rain. Also we could tell there was little food in the home because the small children that were home for lunch only had a small amount of beans. Also the family dog (not a pet like we have in America, just a dog for security) was literally starving to death, it was so sad, but when there is little food for the family, there is no food for the animals.

So here we are with 2 teen Mamas who really want to return to school and now with their girls being cared for it is possible. Anna wants to be a doctor and Mercy wants to be a nurse. The only thing keeping them from going to school is money. Each girl needs about $600 per year ($405 to the school, the rest for required items pictures below) to attend and board at Bungoma Baptist Girls' High School. Both of these girls are committed to working hard and we are committed to helping them as much as we can. Why boarding and why an all girls school? Because they are behind and they need to focus only on school. Both girls have been pressured into situations that have lead to them being young Mamas and boarding at an all girls school helps control the environment a lot. During breaks the girls will return here so they can visit their babies.

Can you help us to help them get back to school? If they are able to finish high school and then attend college they will be able to have a good future and break the poverty cycle they come from. Thank you for all of your prayers and support in bringing their little girls home. Those girls (and we too) have been so blessed by the love you have been pouring out on them. They don't understand it yet, but I promise they will know that y'all love and care for them!

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory #kenya#nonprofit #james127 #thankyou #orphans #bungoma #theleastofthese#prayersplease 

100 Kenyan Shillings as priced above is approximately equal to 1 US dollar.

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Happy birthday Dennis!

(posted on behalf of Jeff Bys from Facebook )

Dennis (in the red hat) turned 13 today!

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 Dennis in spring of 2017 

Dennis in spring of 2017 

#mercychildrenshome #aboutfacemissions #Kenya #africa #nonprofit #solideogloria #james127 #bungoma

happy birthday singing to Dennis video below. 

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Lives changed; changing lives...

(posted on behalf of Kepha Papa from Facebook) 

Diz people actually have changed my life. Thank u God for giving me such friendly friends.

 Jeff and Stephanie Bys at at local hospital with Kepha and Nickson their faithful assistants and boda boda (Motorcycle) drivers. 

Jeff and Stephanie Bys at at local hospital with Kepha and Nickson their faithful assistants and boda boda (Motorcycle) drivers. 

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Introducing to you Gracious and Joy!

Our newest rescue at AFM Mercy Children's Home in Kenya! 

 Little Gracious and her sister Joy. 

Little Gracious and her sister Joy. 

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

We successfully picked up the twins today. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€ We now have 4 sets of twins. These girls are tiny realistically they are the size of a small 6 month old. Please keep them in your prayers as they transition to our home. Thank you for all of the help bringing them home!!
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory #kenya#nonprofit #james127 #bungoma #theleastofthese #orphans#orphansandwidows #thankyou #prayersplease

 Gracious and Joy are 1 year and 1 month old and Zeke is 10 months old. He is much bigger and sturdier than the girls for now.

Gracious and Joy are 1 year and 1 month old and Zeke is 10 months old. He is much bigger and sturdier than the girls for now.

 Sweet little girls ๐Ÿ’œ

Sweet little girls ๐Ÿ’œ

 In some places their skin is peeling because the edema was so bad.

In some places their skin is peeling because the edema was so bad.

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BUGS!! Kumbe kumbe!

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

Kumbe kumbe! Frequently along the side of the road you will see ladies selling these. Over a year ago I asked Nickson what they were and he wasn't able to translate it for me. So for over a year I have assumed these were some type of roasted seed. Hoping one day to figure it out and try some of these "seeds". Well Friday all my questions were answered and I was so grossed out. They are fried termites...fried termites! I think we have 2 kids and myself who've not ever eaten them but the rest of our home has (excluding the babies of course).

 We paid 10 cents for this small amount of bugs. ๐Ÿคข

We paid 10 cents for this small amount of bugs. ๐Ÿคข

Karson and Kepha got some and ate them at 7 in the morning. BUGS, they ate bugs y'all! ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข 
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 I swear when you are driving by they look like roasted seeds of some sort. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I swear when you are driving by they look like roasted seeds of some sort. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Marbles from America!

 our new variety of marbles made into the continent of Africa and Madagascar

our new variety of marbles made into the continent of Africa and Madagascar

(posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

Quick update! Today we picked up marbles from the post office and the kids are just so excited to get marbles "removed from America" ๐Ÿ˜€. Thank you for the marbles and creating some serious excitement in our home. Usually when I get home the kids chant "Mama, Mama, Mama!" Today it was "Banda, banda, banda!!" which is marble in Swahili.

We talked with the social worker from Chwele today and she said the Dr wanted to wait and release the girls on Wednesday. We went to the hospital to make sure they had everything they needed and took them some clothes and blankets. We talked with their Mama for a little bit and she is very sweet. She has asked if we will send her to school. She is 19 and has always been in the top 5 of her class. She's a sweet girl who was pressured into something that had life long consequences. Of course the one who pressured her has moved on with his life and has no such consequences ๐Ÿ’”. Tomorrow I'm going to visit a girls high school in town to get the fee schedule for the other teen girl we just took in. I will inquire for this Mama as well and if we can raise the money for her to go to school I think we should send her as well. After finishing high school she wants to be a nurse, poverty in her village is rampant so I was glad to hear that she had hopes and dreams.

 When Karson is interested in picking out baby clothes you buy what he wants! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜ Our Minnie girl is eating great!

When Karson is interested in picking out baby clothes you buy what he wants! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜ Our Minnie girl is eating great!

 We feel the LOVE

We feel the LOVE

Yesterday I got word that someone has committed to paying $1000 of Wesley's hospital bill! That is huge because his bill ended up being $2500 and that is more than we were prepared for.

Thank you for your prayers, support and sharing our story. We are so stinking blessed to be here and we know that. Even on the hard days Jeff and are amazed that we are living out our dream and our heart's passion here in Kenya!

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory #kenya#nonprofit #james127 #thankyou #orphans #bungoma #theleastofthese #orphans

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Jeff's trip to Nairobi with 8 area pastors.

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Jeff Bys)

The Proclaim Conference in Nairobi was awesome!

Thanks to generous donors, I was able to attend along with 8 other pastors from Bungoma and Moi's Bridge.

(This reformed theology conference was held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Nairobi about 8 hours drive from western Kenya)

It was such an encouragement to get to make much of God and His mission along with about 450 other saints. It is so great to see the evidences of God strengthening His Church in Africa! So many are committed to combating false gospels through the teaching of orthodox Christian views. May Africa turn her back on the false prosperity gospel and 'word of faith' movement and return to the doctrines of the great African theologian Augustine.

See below for images of this wonderful opportunity for these pastors we brought along. for many this is a rare opportunity for such an educational joy and time of fellowship with with pastors from around the country. 

Video of pastors signing "A Fortress" below.

(If you do not see this video link in the email version for those reading the mailchimp email of this, then click the link for read more to watch it from the blog page)

 Left to right:  Samson Muyenga Walala , Conrad Sifuna,  Jeff Bys , Leonard Wanyonyi,  Moses Simiyu , Stephen Barasa ,  Moses Wamukota , Bismarch Busolo, and Titus Nyongesa.

Left to right: Samson Muyenga Walala, Conrad Sifuna, Jeff Bys, Leonard Wanyonyi, Moses Simiyu,Stephen BarasaMoses Wamukota, Bismarch Busolo, and Titus Nyongesa.

 We had a few unexpected visitors!

We had a few unexpected visitors!

 Time for chai!

Time for chai!

 ย   I was privileged to get to meet pastor  Michael Maura from Bethesda Baptist Church in Nairobi. โ€” with Michael Maura .

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I was privileged to get to meet pastor Michael Maurafrom Bethesda Baptist Church in Nairobi. โ€” withMichael Maura.

 One of the general sessions.

One of the general sessions.

 All 8 pastors that attended with me were able to take home each of these resources. I was able to take a set for the library at MCH as well!

All 8 pastors that attended with me were able to take home each of these resources. I was able to take a set for the library at MCH as well!

 Leonard from Bungoma on the left along with Moses and Moses from Moi's Bridge.

Leonard from Bungoma on the left along with Moses and Moses from Moi's Bridge.

 Thanks to generous donors, we were able to supply these pastors with some of their first theological resources. โ€” with  Moses Wamukota ,  Stephen Barasa ,  Samson Muyenga Walala  and  Moses Simiyu .

Thanks to generous donors, we were able to supply these pastors with some of their first theological resources. โ€” with Moses WamukotaStephen BarasaSamson Muyenga Walala and Moses Simiyu.

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I went to the hospital today...

(posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook May25th)

I went to the hospital today to check on the twin girls. The report from the Dr is that the girls are improving. They have been diagnosed with PEM (protein-energy malnutrition) and edema caused by the PEM. The edema is starting to reduce so the girls are losing weight, but they should start gaining again soon. The hospital suggested that I purchase them some milk because they are supposed to be getting milk every 3 hours. The hospital doesn't have enough milk or funds to supply that much milk, so we went across the street and purchased milk to get them through Monday when they should be ready to be discharged. Also they can sit up, but are not crawling or walking.

I've had some questions asked about what it would cost us to bring them home. So here is an estimated breakdown. If we can get this covered I feel confident that we can really help these girls.

$40 travel to pick the girls up (hire a car)
$30 clear their hospital bill for the last week
$40 clothing/blankets
$55 pack n play (the will be sleeping in our room for sometime and the new baby also sleeps with us๐Ÿ’œ)
$18 Diapers (weekly)
$365 formula (Just to supplement as they can eat real food. 2 bottles per girl per day, 3 cans a week for 2 months should be enough and it doesn't have to be purchased all at once.)

The only reason we need to hire a car is because they won't do well on a motorbike for that long. The hospital they are in is 45 minutes to an hour away. We make that trip weekly on a motorbike, but we are healthy for the most part.

Thank you for all of your prayers, love, support and for sharing my post yesterday. Thank you for allowing us to be the hands and feet here in Kenya, we couldn't do this without your support!!

#aboutfacemissions  #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory  #kenya  #nonprofit #james127 #bungoma  #theleastofthese  #orphans  #thankyou  #prayersplease 

(Picture of the girls sleeping today.)

 They are on their way to Mercy Children's Home, because of faithful givers like YOU! Thank you LORD!

They are on their way to Mercy Children's Home, because of faithful givers like YOU! Thank you LORD!

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Happy Sunday from Mercy Home!!

(posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook May 27th) 

Happy Sunday from Mercy Home.  Here are a few images of the blessings we live with daily at AFM Mercy Children's Home Kenya!

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Our tiny, tiny girl!!

So cute!! ๐Ÿ˜

  Zeke likes to eat qtips. We've requested he stop, but he still continues...at east these hadn't been used!  ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Zeke likes to eat qtips. We've requested he stop, but he still continues...at east these hadn't been used! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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